Invest in Canada | Enrichment of education and employment through foreign direct investment

Global investors are directly contributing to Canada’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ecosystem by investing in education, workforce training and creating new opportunities for graduates. Here are six examples.

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Ubisoft: Investing in local talent

This French video game giant has eight offices in Canada, including five in Quebec. The company works with universities through mentoring and internship offers, as well as research partnerships. Through its subsidiaries Ubisoft Education and Ubisoft Entrepreneurs, it also introduces students to science and supports young entrepreneurs in their own virtual creations.

The video game development ecosystem in Canada represents 55,000 direct and indirect jobs. We must continue to support our talents because other countries are very jealous.

Francis Beye, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft

Elkem: creating a greener future

Global companies based in Canada are creating STEM jobs in more than just major urban centres. In Saguenay, the Norwegian manufacturer Elkem invested 26 million dollars in the construction of a pilot plant. Today, it employs several STEM specialists who contribute to the production of biochar briquettes, a renewable fuel created from forest waste and intended to replace metallurgical coal.

I have very rarely seen scientific and research positions in Chikutim. This investment is important for my career. This is what shaped my position and allows me to realize myself as a researcher.

Francois Simard, Research Fellow, Elkem Metal Canada

Nova Bus: paving the way for electric buses

This division of the Swedish Volvo group has been producing city buses in St. Eustatius for more than 27 years. The presence of this world leader in the field of electrification of transportation helps to attract students to future programs related to the STEM field, which they did not initially consider.

When students see that electric buses are being designed and manufactured here in Quebec, and that there are great prospects for them, it will surely attract them to the rapid development of the sector.

Emmanuel Toussaint, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Public Affairs, Nova Bus

Toyota: University of Waterloo partner

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The Japanese automaker has invested $1.4 million through a partnership with the University of Waterloo in Ontario. It hires students and graduates to participate in research and development of future technologies such as autonomous and hydrogen vehicles. Toyota also promotes STEM careers for disadvantaged schools and Indigenous communities.

Large-scale investments like Toyota’s are an anchor for local and regional economies.

Ross McKenzie, CEO of the University of Waterloo Automotive Research Centre

Raven: Feeding the world through agricultural science

When American agricultural products manufacturer Raven Industries acquired a small specialty company founded by a Saskatchewan engineer, it established its Canadian headquarters in Regina, helping to create quality local STEM jobs.

Approximately 50% of our workforce is made up of STEM workers. Canada produces an unusually large number of graduates in these fields. This makes it an ideal place to attract and retain talent, and thanks to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the workforce, we are seeing many other innovative companies establish themselves in the country.

Marco Coppola, Business Development Manager, Raven Industries

Siemens: acceleration of technological transition

Founded in Canada for 110 years, Germany-based Siemens is helping local businesses prepare for a complex future marked by the convergence and digitization of a wide range of technologies.

STEM talent is key to driving innovation and helping to tackle challenges facing humanity, including climate change, cyber security and Industry 4.0.

Faisal Kazi, President and CEO, Siemens Canada

Invest in Canada: Grow jobs across the country

By representing the country as a preferred destination for foreign investors, Invest in Canada fosters a vast STEM ecosystem. When global companies come to the country, they hire people, create a demand for skilled labor, work with universities to align learning with market needs, accelerate the development of future technologies and strengthen Canada’s reputation as a country rich in ideas and creativity.